Sullivan County’s Ketron Elementary School had a drive-through event to present report cards, personal items and even some plants to students.
Miller Perry Elementary School on Tuesday had what fifth grade science and social studies teacher Brittany Ivanich called a drive “bye” celebration for the end of the 2020-21 school year.
The Sullivan County school board chairman says the pandemic hasn’t slowed the project, which was already delayed a year by rainy weather.
Bristol Motorspeedway will host the four county high schools’ seniors May 23 and 24 in four separate events, with more details to be announced later. However, plans are still to have graduation ceremonies July 31 and Aug. 1 at the four schools if health officials allow.
The budget, which still must be approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, includes a new teacher pay scale and step increases for teachers and other employees but no cost-of-living raises. It also includes no capital projects funding since the Board of Mayor and Alderman plans to issue no capital bonds for the 2020-21 fiscal year because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Piney Flats businessman Chris Laisure was approved on two bids on the property: one by the Sullivan County school board and the other by the Sullivan County Commission. A half-acre school system parcel also is to be transferred over to him after a deed restriction is addressed.
The Sullivan County Board of Education approved the budget 7-0 Thurdsay. On Wednesday, May 13, it is to be presented to the commission’s budget Committee.
Decision comes after a survey of seniors found 56 percent of participants favored the later dates for a traditional graduation over an earlier but more limited ceremony. A separate ceremony at Bristol Motor Speedway also is to be scheduled in May or early June. Of 625 seniors in four county high schools, 387 participated in the survey.
A trip to Bristol Motor Speedway is in the works for Sullivan County seniors, who are voting on options for an “in-person/virtual” graduation or a traditional one around July 31/Aug. 1.
Kingsport City Schools said the details would be determined by what health authorities allow.